Hazards and Quality Issues in Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
The aim of fruit and vegetable production is to get a safe and wholesome final product to the consumer. In order to develop suitable practices, hazards and the risks that they pose to consumer safety have to be understood. Product quality can also be negatively affected without causing illness in consumers. By understanding the agents affecting fresh fruit and vegetables quality, practices can be developed to minimise their impact. This section defines and provides information about hazards and quality issues associated with fresh fruit and vegetables.